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More than a quarter of Kenyans and Nigerians surveyed said they had shared stories that they knew were made up.
“I don’t know where they found my phone number.”
Facebook: “Sociopath,” “bipolar,” “uncool uncle,” “midlife crisis.” WhatsApp: “Best friend,” “sociable,” “fun,” “honest.”
Plus: Does all our yammering about fake news make people think real news is fake?
Users forward dubious messages to a chatbot; volunteer editors evaluate their credibility; the bot answers back to the user (and anyone wondering in the future).
And unlike previous efforts, WhatsApp is giving the fact-checkers an important tool to reach the public more easily.
News organizations’ audiences are increasingly moving from public social media to closed or semi-closed platforms like WhatsApp, Discord, and Facebook Groups. But there are still opportunities for good reporting on the communities we cover.
But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report.
“Instead of using broadcast to spread our debunks, we opted for an individual relationship.”